Gunners to Blow Away Hornets Before Half Time

Danny Welbeck scored twice on his Arsenal return at Southampton.

Danny Welbeck scored twice on his Arsenal return at Southampton.

Arsenal did not waste any time in wiping the floor with Watford in the reverse English Premier League game between the teams and, on home turf, the Gunners are good bets to lead the Hornets at both half time and full time again.

Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil got on the scoresheet for Arsenal before half time of its English Premier League match at Watford in August. Arsenal led Watford 3-0 before the Gunners allowed the Hornets to register their first effort on target. Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech pulled off several fine stops during the second half but the Gunners had switched off after tearing apart Watford before eating their tray of half-time oranges.

Arsenal is 4-7-0 at half time in its 11 English Premier League home games and 10-11-1 after 45 minutes in its 22 divisional matches. Arsenal has done the half-time/full-time double result in eight of its 22 English Premier League games, while Watford has been on the receiving end of the double whammy eight times in its 22 divisional matches.

Each of the last seven English Premier League games between Arsenal and Watford has resulted in a Gunners win, including a 4-0 home victory in last season’s corresponding top-flight match in which the goals came in the fourth, 38th, 48th and 90th minutes. Arsenal has won each of its last four games across all competitions, whereas Watford has beaten only second-tier Burton at home in its last nine outings.

Coral are offering odds of -133  about Arsenal staying in touch with Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League ladder with a half-time/full-time success over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Few English Premier League matches this term have been worse advertisements for the division than August’s goalless draw between West Bromwich and Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns in which both the Baggies and Boro managed just two efforts on target. Middlesbrough travelled to the Black Country with an English Premier League point on its mind and West Bromwich was incapable of forcing the issue on its home pitch.

Bookmakers are trying to duck under two and a half goals at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday so one is going to put up the negative option on the both-teams-to-score market at odds of -133  with BetVictor. Both teams have scored in only 10 of Middlesbrough’s 22 English Premier League games, while West Bromwich’s numbers are 12 out of 22. For the record, 13 of Middlesbrough’s 22 English Premier League matches have gone under two and a half goals, while West Bromwich’s statistical split stands at 11 under and 11 over.

West Ham and Manchester City have a history of playing out high-scoring games and one’s third and final midweek English Premier League pick is over two and a half goals in the match between the Hammers and the Citizens on Wednesday.

Each of the last four games between West Ham and Manchester City across all tournaments have gone over two and a half goals, including a 3-1 English Premier League home win for the Citizens in August and a 5-0 English FA Cup away victory for them in January. Vincent Kompany is back in the centre of Manchester City’s defence but the statistics regarding Citizens goalkeeper Claudio Bravo are so alarming – he has hardly kept out an effort on target in recent weeks – that one is willing to wager on the goals flowing freely at both end of the park. Marathonbet is quoting market-leading odds of -159  about the goals total exceeding two and a half.

Tips Summary

Arsenal HT/FT Double Result
Tuesday 31st January, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -133

Middlesbrough v West Brom – Both Teams to Score No
Tuesday 31st January, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -133

West Ham v Man City – Over 2.5 Goals
Wednesday 1st February, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -159